According to a worrisome analysis by the Parents Television and Media Council, HBO’s teen-centered drama “Euphoria” contains controversial adult themes.
Just how graphic is the “Euphoria” show? You can read the alarming PTC review that reads more like late-night soft porn – which HBO was once infamous for – than a teen-centered drama that is attracting young eyes from social media site TikTok.
PTC spokesperson Melissa Henson says when the watchdog group reviewed TikTok posts related to “Euphoria," the group was alarmed to see “billions of page views” on TikTok for a show that is rated TV-MA.
After the shocking Columbine school shooting in 1999, Henson says, an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission uncovered documents that revealed Hollywood executives knowingly woo young audiences to entertainment that is made for adult eyes only.
But why market the shows to young, innocent children? According to Henson, the answer lies in the question itself.
“If you wait until they're older, quite often their ideas – their values – have already been formed,” she says. “But you have an opportunity when they're young and impressionable, when they're 13, 14, 15 years old, to shape their worldview.”